July 28, 2017 - At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 on Friday, ALSIM turned over the “keys” for an AL250 simulator to Cirrus Aviation, a flight school located in Sarasota, Florida. Cirrus’ new sim represents the first AL250 delivered in the United States.
Well-known in the European and Middle Eastern flight-training markets, the 23-year-old company is working to boost its U.S. presence by establishing an office in Austin, Texas.
Named to recognize the 250-degree field of view pilots see from the pilot’s seat, the AL250 is ALSIM’s newest product. It’s a compact, single-pilot simulator focused on piston aircraft and designed for small- to medium-sized flight-training institutions. AL250 can simulate single-engine fixed-gear aircraft, single-engine complex airplanes, and light twins. Modeled aircraft are the Cessna 172, Piper PA-28, and Piper PA-44, respectively.
The panel changes from a “glass” configuration to a “steam gauge” setup in seconds. Glass cockpit arrangements represent popular Garmin ones.
Flight controls provide force feedback, and many pilots flying the sim consider the experience to be particularly realistic.
Instructors manage a simulation session either with a fixed touch-screen display or with a tablet computer.
ALSIM’s booth is located in Exhibit Hangar B.